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  1. Hi, I bisque to cone 05 because that is what my teacher did and still does. When I glaze fire, I usually glaze fire to cone 5, no hold, but when I low fire, I fire to cone 06, a bit cooler. I have a question that this thread brought up - if I bisque at cone 04, hotter than 05, is it substantially different in the way it accepts glaze? I have a few dipping glazes I love, but stopped using them because they run all over the shelf and ruin my pots and my shelves. Would they maybe run less if bisqued at 04? I also do a lot of brush on glazes now, so was wondering if there are any disadvantages to bisquing at cone 04 instead of 05. Thanks!
  2. I make a lot of urns, but I swear, one day I can center, then I cant center for a week. So I want to make square forms. Every template I see gives me 90 degree corners where slabs meet. I want a square form with somewhat rounded corners. Does that have to be thrown on the wheel and altered? I really like handbuilding and want to start making my urns like square ones with rounded corners. Thanks in advance, nancy
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    Handy Techniques

    Great idea!!! And I Love the idea that it is being recycled, too!!!
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    Handy Techniques

    That's a great idea!! I have some of that somewhere around. I love the idea of them for templates, too. I am just starting handbuilding (and LOVE it!) and I am using tarpaper, which is really a pain to cut. Thanks!
  5. Oh! An apple baker is like a ring holder, but with taller sides! Now I want a baked apple!
  6. That piece is worth 3 to 5 weeks worth of work! And thank you, Pres! I looked Blender over but will really check it out when I have time this weekend. Enjoy the day! Nancy
  7. That is amazing! Just beautiful! Is the top piece solid? Clay? Looks like bone! What is this program Blender? If you work it out in a 3D program, does it give you a breakdown of template sizes? What is the advantage of Blender if it doesn’t? Thank you!!! nancy
  8. Lovely work! Thank you!!
  9. Thank you! One question: if I’m making it from 4 slabs, what do you mean when you say make the entire box as one piece? Thanks!
  10. For the last 3 or 4 months, I haven't been able to center clay after figuring it out finally a few years ago with no problems since then. The way I was taught didn't work for me, so Two years ago, I found a video on YouTube that helped: 2 hands on either side to push up; one hand on top, one on the side holding to push down. This worked for me the past few years. Then one night at the studio I couldn't center. My teacher has helped me, I've watched videos, and tried to do it hundreds of times. I can "bully" any clay under a couple of pounds into center, but over 3 pounds, no. What happens is as soon as I start to center a piece of clay, it gets a "twist" in the middle and even when I bring just that twisted piece all the way up and then all the way down trying to fix it, it's still in there. I bring it up, stabilize it with my left hand as I push down with my right, it seems centered, but isn't. There's still a twist in the middle. I thought maybe I'd done something different wedging, so I tried my usual Rams head, did the other twirl one, and tried clay right from the bag that I just would drop on the floor to get anything out. Nope. Twist shows ups soon as I touch the clay. My teacher made sure my hands were equal and opposite on the clay, a twist shows up. I've tried my usually, BMix and 60 clay, then tied 55, 65 and 80. Can't center any of them I have a lot of pieces to make and I'm about to start hand building them. I'm desperate. I'll try any suggestions. Thanks, Nancy
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    Helene Fielder's work

    Thank you all!! So it looks like she does cone 6? I love the colors, that they are more muted, yet still colors. Gifted artist!! Nancy
  12. Is anyone familiar with Helene Fielder's work? I love her clay body and glazes. I read somewhere that it is high fire? It doesnt look like it is gas fired. And I'm not familar with high fire darker clays. Any info on the clay type appreciated. I'd like a darker clay body at a higher cone. Thanks!
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    Who Of You Is Making Funeral Urns?

    I make dog and cat urns and once in a while, im asked to make an urn for a human. I started and ran my own dog rescue, actively, for about 5 years. I brought up around 3000 dogs and puppies from brutal, high kill shelters in the south. When I had to cut back due to financial and emotional reasons, I started making custom urns and donating the profits,to other dog rescues. I feel it is a sacred honor. The hardest urn to make was for a 15 year old girl who,died from a lung illness. It said BREATHE on it. I was fine until I was packing it. Then I cried for hours. I hope that urn brings her Mom some solace. nancy
  14. Hi all, I have a couple of handbuilding books and also some templates from some workshops online, but I'm looking for a template for a round bigger mug. Not as large as a chowder mug, but bigger than a medium rounded mug. Does anyone know where I can get one or how I can make a template? Thanks!
  15. Thank you!!! Appreciated! nancy
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    Christmas Ornaments

    I was just sharing my experience. And kind of tongue in cheek about the shop name. I'll just slink away now.
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    The BUSINESS of Pottery

    I would like to add in my 2 cents to what Mea said about how you are willing to live. I just decided that I probably need to put 4 more years in to my job to get a decent retirement, because there is NO WAY i will make a living with my jewelry and pottery. I had better do it for love, cause the $$ isnt there. Part of the reason is that I'm tired: I'm 55, I have been running a side business/businesses for 20 years, and I'm just exhausted when I get home from teaching. I just don't have it in me to go in my studio for 4 or 8 hours to make the number of pots I would have to make to make a living. Another reason is that after living a basically middle class life on my job for 30 years, I don't want to have to give things up to do this full time. That makes me feel bad, and shallow, but I like my lifestyle. It's pretty simple, but I don't want for much. And I have insurance for life. And I can afford to take workshops and keep learning, and I love learning! I think this is why so many artists are teachers. But I started this only 7 years ago, then fell in love with metalsmithing jewelry, too, so there arent enough hours in my days to do it all. Sad. But I finally have admitted it. I can't quit the day job until I'm 60.
  18. I have done a few shows that cost $500 for 2 to 3 days. No more. I am sticking to shows at my level that are more local and less expensive. Easier to make my $$ back.
  19. This is a great post. Lots to think about here. And if you are a great potter and a bad marketer (and your work looks lovely, BTW, not talking to you at all with this comment!) you know what you are? Working elsewhere. There is a woman who does videos on Branding, renae something, and your marketing of taking the best things in three colors is just what she says. She has other good info on three levels of price as well. I'm so ADD, i have stuff all over the place, no coherence at all, and it confuses people. You really have it together! I am excited with some solid ideas after reading this! Thank you and Congratulations!
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    Weekly schedule

    I am a pretty hard worker. I have had a full time job AND a side gig for almost 20 years and regularly work 70 to 80 hours a week. Just looking at your work schedule makes me want to go lie down.
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    Christmas Ornaments

    I live in a rural area with winter and summer vacationers. I had a store in which everything was Made in America. It did really well!! I had to close it because i needed to pay someone to be there as I teach, and my best friend stole tens of thousand dollars from me, so I felt that I couldn't trust anyone, but if people did this and advertised it as such, it would do well in many places. If i do this again, Im going to call it Made In America Only or No Made In China Crap!
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    oh, my aching fingers!

    Funny I just saw this. I make jewelry also, and was noticing my 55 year old hands don't work perfectly all of the time. I have trouble placing tiny things like pieces of solder and little jump rings. Thinking pottery might be easier on my hands. But I guess the issue with tools would be one to consider.
  23. Ah, thank you so much!!! Duh. Nancy
  24. Hi, I make custom urns and have some issues because some of my glazes are tempermental - they flow more, they flow less, and I let my customers know this. Some people either don't read what I write or they don't care, because I do get people who get angry because the glaze doesn't look exactly like it did in the picture. So I am thinking of using stencils. I fire to cone 5, and my local pottery supply recommended I make the urns, then offer them for sale with the stencils. That way, they can see the exact urn they are going to get. But they don't sell stencils and I am having trouble finding letter stencils for pottery. I am finding letters I can push into raw clay, which I do now, but can't find stencils that go on during a cool fire after the glaze fire. Can anyone help? And if you have any tips on this, I would appreciate it! Nancy

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